[RIVERRUN 2013 FESTIVAL PROGRAM]
NARRATIVE COMPETITION: The 2013 Narrative Features Competition is incredibly diverse, and includes films from around the world that range from fast-paced thrillers to dream-like dramas. The films in the Narrative Competition are eligible for jury prizes and the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.
THE COLOR OF THE CHAMELEON – Bulgaria / Director: Emil Hristow In Emil Hristow’s über-stylish spy-movie pastiche, a charismatic schemer in an authoritarian police state, fired from his job as a secret-police informant, conjures up his own imaginary spy network and builds up an archive that he turns against his former masters.
APRIL 13 / 7:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN APRIL 14 / 1:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 15 / 11:30AM / A/PERTURE 2 – $5 THE DEFLOWERING OF EVA VAN END – Nether- lands / Director: Michiel Ten Horn In this whimsical blend of quirk and satire, a dysfunctional Dutch family gets turned on its head when Veit, the “perfect” exchange student arrives for a two-week stay. During his visit, all five family members find their identities in crisis, led by former wallflower Eva, who begins a dramatic transformation.
APRIL 14 / 8:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 16 / 8:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 17 / 2:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 – $5 HOUSTON – Germany / USA / Director: Bastian Günther Clemens is a corporate headhunter in Germany whose alcohol abuse increasingly strains his marriage and loosens his grip on reality. When his demanding boss puts him on the hunt for a top CEO in Houston, he meets a curious and eccentric American friend who tries to help him right the ship.
APRIL 15 / 8:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 19 / 8:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 20 / 10:30AM / A/PERTURE 2 IN THE HOUSE – France / Director: François Ozon A young boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events.
APRIL 13 / 10:00am / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 19 / 8:30pm / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 21 / 4:00pm / A/PERTURE 2 LAURENCE ANYWAYS – Canada / France / Director: Xavier Dolan Director Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother) tells the story of an impossible love between Fred, a woman, and Laurence, a man who reveals his inner desire to become his true self: a woman. The film chronicles a decade in their one-of-a-kind love affair and the trials and tribulations that they face.
APRIL 13 / 10:00AM / UNCSA – GOLD APRIL 16 / 5:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 20 / 7:00PM / HANESBRANDS PICTURE DAY – Canada / Director: Kate Melville Rebellious teen Claire develops an unhealthy attachment to a wannabe rock star twice her age, and her only salvation is in the friendship of Henry, a nerdy freshman she used to babysit. Through these relationships, she learns hard lessons about the difference between sex, intimacy, and friendship. U.S. PREMIERE APRIL 14 / 1:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN APRIL 18 / 8:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 20 / 8:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD
POST TENEBRAS LUX – Mexico / France / Neth erlands / Germany / Director: Carlos Reygadas Juan and his erudite family relocate to the pastoral Mexican countryside looking for the ideal life. Instead they are soon troubled by violence and demons—their own and others—in the masterful Carlos Reygadas’ haunting, gorgeously rendered fe- ver dream of a family’s bond being put to the test.
APRIL 13 / 12:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 15 / 2:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 – $5 APRIL 17 / 8:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 REALITY – Italy / France / Director: Matteo Garrone From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), Reality is a dark, comical look at a charming fishmonger whose sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show Big Brother leads him down a rabbit hole.
APRIL 15 / 5:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 18 / 2:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 – $5 APRIL 19 / 7:30PM / UNCSA – BABCOCK LA SIRGA – Columbia / France / Mexico / Director: William Vega Uprooted by armed conflict, the helpless Alicia tries to reshape her life in La Sirga, a decadent hostel on the shores of a great lake in the highlands of the Andes. There, on a swampy and murky beach, she will try to settle down until her fears and the threat of war resurface again.
APRIL 14 / 10:00AM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 16 / 11:00AM / A/PERTURE 1 – $5 APRIL 18 / 5:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 TEY – Senegal / France / Director: Alain Gomis In a place where death sometimes warns in advance that it’s coming, Tey recounts the hypnotic journey of Senegalese man Satché’s transcendent last day alive, brilliantly played by acclaimed poet, writer, musician and performance artist Saul Williams.
APRIL 15 / 5:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 19 / 11:00AM / A/PERTURE 1 – $5 APRIL 20 / 7:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION: The 2013 Documentary Features Competition includes lighthearted fare highlighting the stories of unheralded back-up singers and the life of acclaimed writer George Plimpton to more hard-hitting pieces about issues of health care, climate change, copyright in the digital age and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of disease and armed conflict. No matter what might suit your interests, the topics of these works are sure to spark discussions. The films in the Documentary Competition are eligible for jury prizes and the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature.
THE ART OF CONFLICT – Ireland / USA / Director: Valeri Vaughn Out of the heart of a violently divided region rose a unique form of expression that has given voice to two groups of people on opposing sides of a centuries-old conflict. The film examines how the street art of murals tells the story of Northern Ireland’s troubled history.
APRIL 13 / 1:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 14 / 12:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 15 / 2:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 – $5 LA CAMIONETA – USA / Guatemala / Director: Mark Kendall Every day dozens of old school buses leave the US on a trek to Guatemala, where they are resurrected as the flamboyant camionetas that bring people to work each day. This film follows one such bus—and the people who depend on it to feed their families—along a transformative and dangerous journey.
APRIL 14 / 10:30AM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 19 / 11:30AM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 20 / 6:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 CANÍCULA – Mexico / Director: Jose Álvarez Canícula is an engrossing study of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Totonac people of Veracruz, who have resided in this region for mil- lennia. Stunningly photographed, the film features rare footage of the Totonac’s breathtaking “flying dance” ritual, among other ethnographic wonders.
APRIL 13 / 3:30 PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 14 / 4:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 21 / 10:00AM / A/PERTURE 1 GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN – UK / Spain / Director: Ben Lewis Director Ben Lewis investigates the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet: Google’s master plan to scan every book in the world and the people trying to stop them. Google says they are building a library for mankind, but some say they also have other intentions.
APRIL 18 / 5:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 19 / 2:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 – $5 APRIL 20 / 4:00PM / HANESBRANDS I AM BREATHING – Denmark / UK / Directors: Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon Over a period of one year, Neil Platt becomes paralyzed from the neck down. As his body fails, he tries to make sense of his life in order to communicate who he is in a letter to his one-year-old son in this graceful and strangely affirming audiovisual diary.
APRIL 18 / 2:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 – $5 APRIL 19 / 5:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 20 / 3:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 PLIMPTON! STARRING GEORGE PLIMPTON AS HIMSELF – USA / Directors: Tom Bean and Luke Poling Plimpton! tells the story of writer, editor and Paris Review founder George Plimpton. Using Plimpton’s own narration along with interviews with family and contemporaries, the film is a celebration of a life so strange and epic that at times it’s hard to believe it was lived by just one man.
APRIL 19 / 5:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 20 / 1:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN APRIL 21 / 10:30AM / UNCSA – GOLD RISING FROM ASHES – USA / Director: T.C. Johnstone Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national cycling team. As they set out against impossible odds, both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.
APRIL 15 / 7:00PM / HANESBRANDS APRIL 16 / 11:30AM / A/PERTURE 2 – $5 APRIL 17 / 5:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 A RIVER CHANGES COURSE –Cambodia / Director: Kalyanee Mam Kalyanee Mam spent two years following three young Cambodians struggling to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing and debt. The result is a breathtaking journey from the remote jungles and floating cities of the countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh.
APRIL 14 / 6:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 19 / 5:00PM / UNCSA – BABCOCK APRIL 20 / 12:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 SOFIA’S LAST AMBULANCE – Bulgaria / Croatia / Germany / Director: Ilian Metev In a city where thirteen ambulances struggle to serve 2 million people, three relentless, chainsmoking Bulgarian EMT’s are our unlikely heroes. Still, the strain of a broken system is taking its toll: how long can they keep fixing Sofia’s injured before they lose their empathy?
APRIL 13 / 11:00AM / UNCSA – BABCOCK APRIL 16 / 2:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 – $5 APRIL 20 / 1:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM – USA / Director: Morgan Neville Backup singers live in a world just beyond the spotlight, and their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who they are until now. Following a number of famous backup singers, the film shines an intimate light on the artists whose voices shaped a generation.
APRIL 13 / 8:00pm / UNCSA – BABCOCK APRIL 18 / 7:30pm / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 19 / 7:00pm / HANESBRAND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS: This year, RiverRun’s non-competition Special Presentation section features a collection of stunning new films span- ning all topics, ranging from mysterious fugitives, to a notorious contract killer to a comedy about a teapot with magical powers. AT ANY PRICE – USA / Director: Ramin Bahrani A farming family’s business is threatened by an unexpected crisis, further testing the relationship between a father (Dennis Quaid) and his rebellious son (Zac Efron). The film is the latest by Winston- Salem native (and RiverRun’s 2009 Emerging Master recipient) Ramin Bahrani.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM APRIL 21 / 7:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN BLANCANIEVES – Spain / Director: Pablo Berger In this modern-day classic, inspired by the tale of Snow White, a young woman escapes her evil stepmother and runs away with a troupe of dwarves in 1920s Spain to become a famous bullfighter like her father. This stunning tribute to silent films recently took top honors at the prestigious Goya Awards, Spain’s equivalent to the Oscars.
OPENING NIGHT FILM APRIL 12 / 7:00pm / UNCSA – MAIN APRIL 14 / 10:30am / UNCSA – GOLD THE BRASS TEAPOT – USA / Director: Ramaa Mosley A broke young couple happen upon a mysterious, magical teapot which yields money every time they (or others) are hurt near it. After realizing the vessel’s powers, John and Alice (Juno Temple) must decide how far they will go to fulfill their dreams of wealth.
APRIL 14 / 7:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN CASTING BY – USA / Director: Tom Donahue Featuring interviews with a cavalcade of Hollywood heavyweights including Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Martin Scorsese, Robert Duvall, Al Pacino and Bette Midler, Casting By pays tribute to the pioneers of Hollywood’s most unheralded and invisible profession: the casting director.
OPENING NIGHT FILM APRIL 12 / 7:30PM / SECCA APRIL 13 / 10:30AM / UNCSA – MAIN THE ICEMAN – USA / Director: Ariel Vromen Starring 2011 RiverRun Emerging Master Michael Shannon, The Iceman tells the true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, his family still had no idea about his real profession. Also stars James Franco, Ray Liotta and Winona Ryder.
APRIL 20 / 7:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN THE KINGS OF SUMMER – USA / Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, this is a unique coming-of-age comedic film about three teenagers who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family is something from which you can’t run. CENTERPIECE PREMIERE APRIL 18 / 7:00PM / HANESBRANDS
MUD – USA / Director: Jeff Nichols Two teenage boys encounter a mysterious fugitive named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and reunite with his true love. Directed by UNCSA alum Jeff Nichols, the film also stars Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon and Sam Shepard.
APRIL 19 / 7:00PM / STEVENS CENTER PRINCE AVALANCHE – USA / Director: David Gordon Green Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch are two highway workers who spend the summer away from their city lives in 2010 RiverRun Emerging Master David Gordon Green’s new film. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as they find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
APRIL 13 / 7:00PM / HANESBRANDS STILL MINE – Canada / Director: Michael McGowan James Cromwell gives a tour de force performance in this deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years. Still Mine is the heartfelt tale of a man who comes up against nothing but red tape as he attempts simply to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene.
APRIL 17 / 7:00PM / HANESBRANDS ALTERED STATES: NEW DIRECTIONS IN AMERI- CAN CINEMA: With technological breakthroughs and new distribution models rapidly democratizing the landscape of the motion picture industry, this program features a new wave of exciting, independent American filmmakers who are exploring new territory within the medium.
FAR MARFA – USA / Director: Cory Van Dyke A musician starting over in the windswept Texas town of Marfa suddenly inherits a mysterious work of art. Just as quickly, the piece has vanished, and before he’s even aware of its value he’s on a comically offbeat quest to catch a thief and discover answers about his ultimate place in the universe.
APRIL 13 / 6:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 14 / 3:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 15 / 8:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 PERSISTENCE OF VISION – USA / Director: Kevin Schreck Striving to make the best animated film of all time, acclaimed animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) toiled for over 25 years on his masterpiece – only to have it torn from his hands. A tale of art, obsession and dreams, the film is the story of the greatest animated film never made.
APRIL 13 / 5:00PM / UNCSA – BABCOCK APRIL 14 / 2:00PM / UNCSA – BABCOCK APRIL 16 / 2:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 – $5 PINCUS – USA / Director: David Fenster Director David Fenster weaves in documentary footage and casts his family and friends (including his father, who’s been living with Parkinson’s for 13 years) in telling the story of Pincus, a man trying to deal with the reality of his father’s deteriorating condition as gracefully as he can.
APRIL 13 / 4:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 14 / 7:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 15 / 11:00AM / A/PERTURE 1 – $5 REMOTE AREA MEDICAL – USA / Directors: Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman In April 2012, Remote Area Medical provided free healthcare to nearly 2,000 uninsured Americans on the infield of Bristol’s NASCAR Speedway. This portrait of the clinic’s infrastructure, volunteers and patients delivers astonishing geographic and class ethnography by proxy of the human body’s many frailties.
APRIL 17 / 5:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 18 / 11:30AM / A/PERTURE 2 – $5 APRIL 21 / 1:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD THIS IS MARTIN BONNER – USA / Director: Chad Hartigan Fifty-something Martin Bonner is starting over in Reno, helping ex-cons transition to life on the outside. His new career brings him together with Travis, recently paroled, and the two forge an unlikely bond. Directed by UNCSA alum Chad Hartigan, the film won the NEXT Audience Award at Sundance 2013.
APRIL 17 / 7:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 20 / 6:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD APRIL 21 / 11:00am / UNCSA – MAIN WHITE REINDEER – USA / Director: Zach Clark After an unexpected tragedy, uptight real-estate agent Suzanne searches for the true meaning of Christmas during one sad, strange and wickedly hilarious December in suburban Virginia. UNCSA alum Zach Clark helms this subversive, campy variation on the holiday classics of yore.
APRIL 14 / 8:00PM / UNCSA – BABCOCK APRIL 18 / 9:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 19 / 5:30PM / UNCSA –GOLD FOCUS: For the second year RiverRun continues the non-competition Focus sidebar which features films of all shapes and sizes. Including films from emerging talents and veteran filmmakers alike, this section highlights a variety of film styles and stories, presenting a collection of some of our favorites.
AFTER TILLER – USA / Directors: Martha Shane and Lana Wilson Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, only four doctors in the country provide the controversial practice of third-trimester abortions. With unprecedented access, After Tiller goes inside the lives of these physicians working at the center of the storm.
APRIL 13 / 1:00PM / HANESBRANDS APRIL 15 / 12:00PM / HANESBRANDS – $5 THE DISCOVERERS – USA /Director: Jason Schwarz A washed-up history professor (Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenage kids on a road trip to a conference in hopes of finding a new job. But when his estranged father goes AWOL on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, the travelers are forced to forge a different trail westward.
APRIL 19 / 6:30PM / UNCSA – MAIN APRIL 20 / 10:00AM / A/PERTURE 1 DOWNEAST – USA / Directors: David Redmon & Ashley Sabin Amid an era of U.S. post-industrialization in which countless factories have been exported, Downeast follows one man’s struggle to open a lobster processing plant in rural Maine. David Redmon and Ashley Sabin return to RiverRun with this probing study of the American workforce.
APRIL 18 / 11:00AM / A/PERTURE 1 – $5 APRIL 21 / 12:00pm / UNCSA – BABCOCK THEATRE FIRST COMES LOVE – USA / Director: Nina Davenport For Nina Davenport, the old playground rhyme didn’t go as planned. Single at age 41, she decides to have a baby on her own, despite the challenges and the extra hurdle of living in New York City. Nina films the entire process with candor and comedy in this fascinating documentary.
APRIL 19 / 2:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 – $5 APRIL 21 / 3:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 GOD’S FIDDLER: JASCHA HEIFETZ – USA / Russia / Director: Peter Rosen The first modern violin virtuoso, Heifetz, set the standard in violin playing for nearly a century. This film portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do, so well known in popular culture that his name became shorthand for excellence for everyone from Jack Benny to The Muppets to Woody Allen.
APRIL 16 / 5:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 17 / 2:30PM / A/PERTURE 2 – $5 LIV & INGMAR – Norway / UK / India / Director: Dheeraj Akolkar A companion to our Spotlight on Ingmar Bergman, the film is a loving account of the 42 year-long relationship between the director and legendary actress Liv Ullmann. Told entirely from Liv’s point of view, the film interweaves clips from their many films together, behind the scenes footage, and even Ingmar’s love letters to Liv, detailing their shared journey.
APRIL 13 / 1:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD APRIL 14 / 5:00PM / UNCSA – BABCOCK MAR DEL PLATA – Argentina / Directors: Sebastián Dich & Ionathan Klajman Joaquin and David, lifelong friends in crisis, escape to the seaside of Mar del Plata to find perspective. When their high-strung personalities can’t be unwound by the holiday, they hatch a plan to reunite Joaquin with an old flame in this comedy about love lost, found and conveniently forgotten.
APRIL 13 / 4:00PM / HANESBRANDS APRIL 14 / 7:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD NOT THAT FUNNY – USA / Director: Lauralee Farrer Mild-mannered and decidedly unfunny accountant Stefan says he is “alone but not lonely”—until beautiful Hayley returns to town and all she wants is a guy who makes her laugh. Starring the gifted Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Not That Funny is a simple story of how far a serious man will go for love.
APRIL 18 / 3:00PM / HANESBRANDS – $5 APRIL 21 / 2:00pm / UNCSA – MAIN PORTRAIT OF WALLY – USA / Austria / Director: Andrew Shea The story of Egon Schiele’s ‘Portrait of Wally,’ a painting that was looted by the Nazis and discovered on the walls of the Museum of Modern Art in 1997, which triggered a historic court case involving the US Government and the heirs of a Vienna gallery owner against a major Austrian Museum and MoMA.
APRIL 17 / 11:30AM / A/PERTURE 2 – $5 APRIL 21 / 10:30AM / A/PERTURE 2 SCABBARD SAMURAI – Japan / Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto An aging, broken samurai wanders the countryside with his daughter in this offbeat comedy. When he’s jailed for desertion, the sentence is “The Thirty-Day Feat”, a fool’s errand to make a sad, humorless prince smile. If he fails he must commit ritual suicide – giving new meaning to the phrase “Funny or Die.”
APRIL 16 / 8:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 21 / 1:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 SHENANDOAH – USA / Director: David Turnley Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Turnley investigates the story of a Pennsylvania coal mining town struggling to survive and retain its identity, soul and values after four of the town’s white, star football players were charged in the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant.
APRIL 20 / 8:00PM / UNCSA – BABCOCK APRIL 21 / 4:00PM / UNCSA – GOLD SMILING THROUGH THE APOCALYPSE: ESQUIRE IN THE SIXTIES – USA / Director: Tom Hayes This film tells the story of how editor Harold T.P. Hayes, a North Carolina native and graduate of Wake Forest University, transformed Esquire Magazine into a stable of fearless, brash and irreverent journalism in the turbulent 1960s. The unique voice Hayes channeled by combining subject and talent became a technique that changed journalism forever.
APRIL 17 / 11:00AM / A/PERTURE 1 – $5 APRIL 21 / 12:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 SUSIE’S HOPE- USA / Director: Jerry Rees Based on true events, Susie’s Hope follows Donna Lawrence who, after surviving a horrific pit bull attack, adopts a pit bull-mix puppy, Susie, that has been beaten, set on fire and left for dead. Together, they learn to heal and forgive as they lead an historic effort to seek justice and protection for all animals. WORLD PREMIERE APRIL 13 / 1:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN APRIL 16 / 3:00PM / HANESBRANDS – $5
TIME ZERO: THE LAST YEAR OF POLAROID FILM – USA / Director: Grant Hamilton Sharing the magic of Polaroid through the perspective of photographers and former employees, Time Zero laments the end of the vaunted film stock’s production. As the factory nears its last days, a small team of scientists and entrepreneurs race against the clock to keep instant photography alive.
APRIL 13 / 10:30AM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 14 / 10:00AM / UNCSA – MAIN UPRISING – Egypt / USA / Director: Fredrik Stanton In January 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets in a spontaneous eruption against thirty years of oppression under the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Uprisingtells the story of their struggle for freedom against tremendous odds, their sacrifice, and the courage that allowed them to succeed.
APRIL 13 / 7:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 15 / 3:00PM / HANESBRANDS – $5 Spotlight on Ingmar Bergman: Rather than focusing on a specific country or genre, the 2013 Spotlight will showcase one individual, director Ingmar Bergman, who was once described by Woody Allen as “probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera.” The four films in this year’s Spotlight include:
CRIES AND WHISPERS – Sweden / Director: Ingmar Bergman Agnes is dying of cancer and her two sisters have arrived to be there for her last moments. But Anna, her faithful servant, proves to be her only friend. Repulsed by the reality of Agnes’ imminent death, the sisters cling to the only things they all share— long repressed sibling rivalry and resentment.
APRIL 14 / 1:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD THE HOUR OF THE WOLF – Sweden / Director: Ingmar Bergman A disturbed artist and his wife move to a remote island in an attempt to suppress his hallucinations, fears and phobias. But at night, during the hour of the wolf, his inner demons materialize, provoking the dissolution of their troubled relationship in the style of a horror film.
APRIL 20 / 2:00PM / UNCSA – BABCOCK PERSONA – Sweden / Director: Ingmar Bergman Elizabeth Vogler, a famous actress, goes voiceless during a performance. Alma, a young nurse, takes care of her in an isolated seaside villa. Elizabeth’s silence is countered by Alma’s constant chatter. Gradually, Alma starts feeling consumed and overwhelmed by Elizabeth’s personality.
APRIL 21 / 2:15pm / UNCSA – BABCOCK THE SEVENTH SEAL – Sweden / Director: Ingmar Bergman A medieval knight returns from the crusades to plague-ravaged Sweden and encounters Death, who informs him that his time has come. The knight challenges Death to a game of chess, hoping to delay the inevitable and find answers to his metaphysical questions.
APRIL 13 / 4:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN FROM THE ARCHIVES: For the first time RiverRun has partnered with a number of groups including the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts to bring you three amazing classic films combined with introductions from film scholars from around the country.
THE BIRDS – USA / Director: Alfred Hitchcock In this Hitchcock classic, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) finds herself in a terrifying situation when visiting the small seaside town of Bodega Bay. Without warning, birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness. *Discussion and Q&A with Hitchcock scholar, Professor Richard Allen of NYU APRIL 20 / 10:00AM / UNCSA – GOLD
CRUMB – USA / Director: Terry Zwigoff A dark and haunting documentary about the famous comic artist and legendary counterculture icon Robert Crumb (creator of Fritz the Cat), this widely revered account of unfettered and bewildering creativity explores how life and art impact one another. *Shown in partnership with SECCA’s The Artists film series. Discussion and Q&A with film scholar Iana Dontcheva
APRIL 18 / 7:00PM / SECCA TOUCH OF EVIL – USA / Director: Orson Welles Orson Welles, Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh star in this famous noir film filled with murder, kidnapping and police corruption. Set in a Mexican border town, a narcotics officer has to cut his honeymoon short after an American contractor is killed in a car bombing.
APRIL 14 / 4:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN LATE NIGHT: Every year, RiverRun searches for films that shock, scare or otherwise tantalize late night thrill-seekers. The 2013 Late Night lineup is no exception to this standard.
EVIL DEAD II – USA / Director: Sam Raimi The second film in Sam Raimi’s legendary horror comedy trilogy once again stars Bruce Campbell as iconic demon slayer Ash Williams. The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits, Ash holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.
APRIL 12 / 11:00PM / A/PERTURE 1 IT’S A DISASTER – USA / Director: Todd Berger Eight friends meet for a “couples brunch,” but the get-together takes a sudden turn when the city is hit by a mysterious attack. Starring David Cross, America Ferrera and Julia Stiles, It’s a Disaster is a fast-paced comedy about the worst brunch ever: the eggs are cold, tensions are high and the end is near.
APRIL 13 / 9:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 APRIL 19 / 8:00pm / UNCSA – GOLD VIRTUALLY HEROES – USA / Director: G.J. Echternkamp Sgt. Books, a sarcastic, self-aware video game character, becomes frustrated with the pointless battles, super-powerful bosses and elusive girl at the end of each level. With the help of a straight-talking monk, Books goes rogue and seeks to finally win the game, get the girl and unravel the cheat codes of life.
APRIL 19 / 9:30PM / HANESBRANDS APRIL 20 / 9:30PM / A/PERTURE 1 LATE NIGHT SHORTS For those ready to revel in the awkwardly hilarious and disturbing, our late night shorts have much to offer. From the set of the “moon landing” to ghastly zombie love and even a phone that allows you to talk to God, these shorts will satisfy anyone looking for a little laughter and maybe a shock or two.
APRIL 13 / 10:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 APRIL 20 / 10:00PM / A/PERTURE 2 FILMS WITH CLASS: In addition to our regular programming, RiverRun presents free public screenings to students and participating schools throughout the year and during the run of the annual Festival. This education outreach initiative, “Films With Class” is one of the most active components of RiverRun’s year-round activities. For this year’s Festival, the education department selected three films that will be screened privately for Forsyth County students and publicly during the Festival. Sponsored by Wells Fargo and the National Endowment for the Arts.
JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS – USA / Japan / Director: Tadashi Nakamura An intimate documentary about the life of the young, virtuosic ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, the film documents his rise from a modest upbringing with a single mother to his unexpected international stardom.
APRIL 14 / 7:00PM / HANESBRANDS THE NAKED BRAND – USA / Director: Jeff Rosenblum That corporations have a tremendous influence on the world certainly isn’t debatable, but how they use their advertising and marketing muscle sure can be. The Naked Brand is a film that documents corporations that are using their influence for good . . . and helping save the planet one small step at a time.
APRIL 17 / 3:00pm / HANESBRANDS – $5 WORLD CIRCUS – USA / Director: Angela Snow World Circus takes viewers into the exciting world of the Monte Carlo Circus Festival, where performers from all over the world compete to win the Golden Clown and prove that they are one of the best.
APRIL 20 / 1:00PM / HANESBRANDS COMMUNITY SCREENINGS: For the third year, we will offer free community screenings to connect with audiences from throughout the community. This program also furthers our outreach efforts and ensures the Festival’s demographics match both the diversity of our local community and the diversity of the films we present.
BABE – Australia / USA / Director: Chris Noonan Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. Pre-film fun includes a DJ, trivia, Forsyth Humane Society’s mobile van, Project Pearl’s booth, vendors and our signature Fido Photo Booth to make a memory of the event! (Humans and dogs only, please!) Sponsored by Ruff Housing
APRIL 13 / GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM / FILM AT 8:15PM / FOURTH STREET (BETWEEN SPRUCE AND CHERRY) – FREE THE MUPPET MOVIE – UK / USA / Director: James Frawley In this classic, Kermit the Frog is convinced he should leave the swamp to try and be a star in Hollywood. He packs up and travels across the country, meeting new friends along the way— including Fozzie, Animal, Gonzo and, of course, Miss Piggy—to help him on his path to stardom. Sponsored by Hanesbrands, Inc.
APRIL 16 / 6:30PM / HANESBRANDS – FREE PRIDE AND JOY – USA / Director: Joe York Pride & Joy is a love letter to Southern cooking and the farmers that produce the foods. This documentary grants us a candid and intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse at family traditions, cultural legacies and culinary curiosities. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and Whole Foods Market
APRIL 14 / 4:00PM / HANESBRANDS – FREE SHORTS: This year the Festival will be continuing the competitive Narrative, Documentary and Animated Shorts sections while adding, for the third time, special selections of North Carolina Shorts. This program will screen some of the best short films received from N.C. filmmakers this year in two different programs, while giving attendees a chance to support local artists. Highlights from our Shorts competition include two Cannes shorts in the Narrative competition, films from six different countries in our documentary competition and two Oscar nominated shorts in the Animation competition. Also returning is RiverRun’s popular Saturday Morning Cartoons, a program of family-friendly animated shorts that include many sweet tales to delight children at the Festival.
NARRATIVE SHORTS 1 APRIL 13 / 2:00PM / UNCSA – BABCOCK APRIL 20 / 11:00AM / UNCSA – BABCOCK
NARRATIVE SHORTS 2 APRIL 14 / 4:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD APRIL 20 / 3:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 1 APRIL 14 / 11:00AM / UNCSA – BABCOCK APRIL 20 / 1:30PM / A/PERTURE 2
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 2 APRIL 13 / 4:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD APRIL 20 / 4:00PM / A/PERTURE 2
NC SHORTS 1 APRIL 14 / 10:00AM / HANESBRANDS APRIL 19 / 1:30PM / HANESBRANDS – $5
NC SHORTS 2 APRIL 14 / 12:30PM / HANESBRANDS APRIL 19 / 4:15PM / HANESBRANDS – $5
ANIMATED SHORTS APRIL 13 / 7:30PM / UNCSA – GOLD APRIL 20 / 10:30AM / UNCSA – MAIN
SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS– INTENDED FOR CHILDREN AGES 8 & UP 18 & UNDER FREE APRIL 13 / 10:00AM / HANESBRANDS APRIL 20 / 10:00AM / HANESBRANDS